Nominations now open for the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Award

Nominations are now open for Capricorn Members across Australia to recognise the efforts of their apprentices through nominating them in the 2021 Capricorn Rising Stars Awards.

Capricorn Rising Stars is all about recognizing’ effort and hard work, as well as encouraging apprentices to continue their chosen vocation for years to come.

In contrast to other apprentice competitions that focus purely on the technical proficiency of each nominee, Capricorn Rising Stars prioritizes rewarding apprentices who demonstrate a passion for the automotive industry, a positive and enthusiastic attitude, and a strong commitment to a long and rewarding career in the service and repair industry.

Capricorn CEO Automotive and judging panel member, Brad Gannon, said Capricorn Rising Stars continues to be an important initiative in helping stop the loss of apprentices to other industries.

“The shortage of mechanics remain a challenge faced by our industry. We also know that completing an auto repair apprenticeship is no easy undertaking,” said Gannon.

“Through Capricorn Rising Stars we are providing an opportunity for our Members to acknowledge their apprentice’s efforts and reward them for their hard work. By showing our apprentices that they have a bright future ahead of them, we can help keep them committed to their workshops and the auto repair industry more broadly.”

Highfields Mechanical owner Craig Baills, who nominated 2020 Capricorn Rising Star winner, Gabrielle Clift, said it is important to recognise good work and promote apprentices who demonstrate outstanding character and potential.

“Gabby has a work ethic that is rare, and she never expects to be rewarded for what she considers normal effort. But to us, she is an integral part of our team and an employee who improves the performance of those around her. Our industry will only benefit by the calibre of her attitude, desire to learn and willingness to be the best she can.”

A certificate will be sent to every Capricorn Rising Stars nominee, with an additional $20,000 in cash and prizes to be shared by the overall winner, the top five finalists and the Capricorn Member workshops that nominated them.

The 2021 prize pool makes nominating an apprentice very rewarding.

The overall winner will receive $5,000 from Castrol, a trophy along with all of the prizes that the top five finalists receive. These include $1,000 from Castrol, a $1,000 Repco voucher and tickets to two Repco Training Masterclasses.

The Capricorn Member who nominated the top five finalists will receive a 12-month Repo Autopedia subscription.

In addition, the overall winner’s workshop will receive enrolment in the Workshop Whisper’s Service Advisor Pro online program, valued at over $3,000.

Capricorn members are invited to recognise their outstanding apprentices who show initiative in the workshop, an eagerness to learn and commitment to the automotive industry by nominating them for this award.

For more information on the Capricorn Rising Stars competition including terms and conditions, visit

Entries close 30 April 2021.

2020 Capricorn Rising Stars winner Gabrielle Clift (far right) with the team form Highfields Mechanical including fellow Capricorn Rising Stars nominee Tarquin Pay-Fernandez (far left).

2 February 2021